I just got " hooked Up" with the MM"Real-time"Minlink system at 4:30 p,m, October 2 , after the training at my doctor’s office. The Trainer, mom of a 10 year old type 1 who uses a Minlink as well , was very kind and competent, and gave me a lot of “tricks” to use that are not in the users manual…Like how to get the sensor to last longer, insertion angles, and calibration standards. It is a Lot to learn, but I think I can manage it. I feel like I have a new, very important toy… that I can’t stop looking at and keep checking to see how in line it is with the blood glucose values. I have been pleased: When I am in relatively close range to my targets of 90 to 140, the most that the sensor reading has been out of line has been 14 points…, usually it is within 7 to 8, often closer…
So far , these have been my experiences since I have been “attached"
1; Confirmation that I spike quickly after most simple carbs, but slide into lows quite slowly, takes about 1 to 1 hour and a half. to get clinically low( under 70).
2. You MUST calibrate at the right time, to get accurate readings.
3. Surprise!! My daytime basals are pretty good, and I am stable for hours at a time. It is the evening basal and maybe carb;insulin ratio that need work, but I am not changing any thing until I download the data into “Carelink”, after several days wear of this CGMS.
4. I have not had an alarm for a low yet, nor a down trend arrow ( probably due to number 1 and 2 above) I learned, from two calls to the MM 24-hour # and to the trainer, that I had calibrated during fluctuating BS, and that was why the sensors were off; I had tested at 68 on the meter ( blood glucose) and was at 117 from the sensor, but that was” my bad"…inaccurate calibration.
5. The learning curve WILL be long, a couple of months I guess, but I will hopefully and prayerfully meet my goal of and A1c at 6.5 or under by the end of the year ( currently at 7.1). And I would like to get lower without the frequent blood glucose excursions…
6. Insertion did not hurt at all!!!
I will keep you posted as to my progress.
PS. Now, why does the sensor package have a photo of an attractive young woman eating a 6- inch high,slice of a fully frosted carrot cake( Paula Deen recipe yummy)? Does that infer that the CGMS assures that you can do so on a whim if you use it accurately?..Looked like spike city to me, around 200 grams of carb!!